Oude Tart With Sour Cherries | The Bruery

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Oude Tart With Sour CherriesOude Tart With Sour Cherries

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oude Tart is our Flemish-style sour red ale that has won back to back World Beer Cup Gold medals in that category, as well as a Great American Beer Festival gold medal for the same. This is that same beer, but now with cherries to compliment the flavors of dark fruit, leather and toasty oak that the original is so well known for. While this beer will certainly age fine, we think that fruited beers are best fresh as the fruit character can dissipate with time.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage tasted in March 2017. Poured from fridge temp. Pours a very dark purple - almost black. Not a ton of carbonation. Smell is out of this world. Incredibly sweet cherries and sour funk. My mouth is watering from the sourness on the nose! Taste is wonderful after 3.5 years. Very smooth. Earthy flavors - lots of sour fruit. Cherries are dominant. I definitely puckered up with the sourness. Also getting some white wine, blueberries, leather, and grapefruit peel. Mouthfeel is great for the style. Overall, this is an amazing beer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into nonic pint 2013 bottle

A: Fairly decent pour yielded almost no head whatsoever. Could hear it fizz but thats it. Body is a brown bordering on black with tiny bits of light escaping the edges.

S: Lots of cherry and light oak and light vinegar, apples, wine.

T: The cherries are there lots of sourness almost a malty roasty chocolate taste is lingering in the back. Has a little bit of an oaky wood taste.

M: High carbonation very tingly on the tongue but medium bodied otherwise.

O: Not a bad beer, carbonation is huge, bracing sourness, and the oak is very different on the back end.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a dark brown with a strong reddish hue. Very lively pour, loud fizzy off white colored head that dissipates to absolutely nothing fairly quick.

Aroma is very clean leather foward with a strong amount of cherry sour, dark fruits like plums and raisins. Oak tannins and slight hints of tabacco and band aid funk creep through. Very interesting.

Taste is a sour bomb! At initial sip, definitely the more sour beers I've ever tasted. As it warms, more leather funk, oak tannins and tabacco come through to compliment the sour cherry bomb.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated with a palate coating sourness that sticks around for a good while. Relatively dry finish, with no abv detection. Only reason I wouldn't call this an easy sipper is because it's so damn sour. Overall an excellent brew with great complexity.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark burgundy body with a very thin tan head. Aroma is funky, oaky, lots of dark fruits and red wine notes. Flavor is dried dark fruits, oak and earth up front, with big tart fruity notes and a lingering tart cherry finish. Very is sticky and syrupy, medium-high carbonation and full lingering finish. Really huge flavor and lots of depth and complexity, well done.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out a dark brown, very thin 1/5" off white/tan head on it. Aroma smacks of good red malts, cherries, cherry wood.

Taste, wow, another absolute gem from the Oude Tart series of beers. Massively sour, tons of bright and dark cherries in this one. Leather and earth not as noticeable with the cherries in there, but still brings the complexity rife with sourness. Hides the alcohol very well too.

I will continue to buy multiples of this beer every chance I get, it is absolute world class. Acidic in a good way, this base beer already had a lot of cherry with it, this just amps up the cherry and sourness apparently.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a tulip to a deep brown topped by a finger of tan head that fades quickly leaving no lacing
S: smells of oak, vanilla, acetic acid and sour cherries
T: taste is sour cherries, acetic acid, oak, funk, and a little vanilla. swallow is more acetic acid, oak, funk and sour cherries
M: this beer sits at the lighter side of medium on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a dry finish
O: This beer is incredible. The base beer is already exceptional and the sour cherries complement that with another layer of complexity.

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Photo of floridadrift
3.57/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sour. Sour. Sour. Sour.
Smooth drinking mouth feel, abit watery but goes down easy.
Looks good in the glass, dark caramel color with tan head that sticks to the glass.

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Photo of cvm4
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage

L - The pour yields a deep brown/plum body with a fizzy one finger tan head. Not much lacing or retention.

S - A big hit of juicy, sour cherries that give way to the tart base beer of leather and oak.

T - Whoa! Sour cherry galore! Picture Oude Tart, not add some sour cherries in the mix. Yup, that's what we have here. So deliciously sour!

F - Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. It has a really dry finish.

O - The cherries are a great addition to an already fantastic beer. They really send

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Photo of aleigator
3.55/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a plum pulp, murky brown color, with a fizzy beige head, leaving the beer immediately after a refreshing hiss. Leads to a gloomy, flat impression, while it is absolutely impossible to look through the glass.

Utmost cherry defined nose, in all its desirable facetts. Very pronounced on a ripe, sunbathed impression, revealing moldy cherry stone pits, accompanied by a supporting fermented fruit sweetness, adding a vinous note. Most likely the most fruit defined awa I have had so far, with a very intriguing ripeness as for the aroma defining cherries.

Drinks almost without any carbonation at all, while its pungent sourness makes up for that, guiding the flavors through the palate, by adding a slick acetic acid profile.

Cherries evolve from leathery, old earth and an uncompromising tartness, lending the beer its balancing sweetness. While this ripeness on the nose has been beautifully pronounced, tastewise it plays a role of required balance for the otherwise omnipotent sourness. The consequential interplay of those two flavors appears quite appealing, providing an unripe fruit beginning, which turns riper, as the malts exhibit more and more earth supported sweetness. Finishes with a long lasting dryness, accompanied by dextrose and grain bread, wrapped up by slick acidity.

While not outstandingly refreshing, as for its fuller body, the beer showcases a beautifully arranged cherry taste throughout. Its nice to see the cherry aging on your tongue after the swallow, which I called Jerry btw. Although the taste exhibits an intense sourness, it remains focussed on the cherries, revealing a natural fruit impression.

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Photo of popery
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013. The beer is a dark brownish red color. A bit too dark to gauge the clarity. Reluctant head but a vigorous pour got a few fizzy fingers of brown bubbles. Dissipates to nothing after a bit. Medium vinegar in the aroma. Light toasty sugar, dark fruit and wood. A fairly juicy sour cherry character. Nice Flemish red character without the off maltiness of some examples. The taste is medium-strong sour, solid tart fruitiness and light malt sweetness. Less cherries but they’re still present. Good bit of acidity. Mild caramel. Some other dark stone fruit fruitiness. While this is a definite step up from the regular version of Oude Tart, it’s still a bit harsh for my taste, though I probably have some bias against the style. Oaky finish. Solid pucker. Light medium body. Pretty good.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For me, all of The Bruery's beers are overpriced and generally avoided at retail cost, so it's nice when I get to try one for free at a tasting.

This one is sour with a taste of tart cherries that borders on fake medicine cherry flavor.

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Photo of -Rick
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is like regular Oude on steroids. Has the same tart taste as its original, but the addition of the cherries puts this up there with some of the best sours I have had.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oude tart is a great beer to begin with. This adds a nice tart cherry flavor that really stands out. Fabulous beer.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: plum; S: cherries, cranberries; T: cherries, cranberries, jolly rancher, sour/tart. Full, rounded flavor. Sour/jersey cherry finish. F: light-Medium MF.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding Flem Red with a delicious choice of cherries. Rich, tart with a special robust sour cherry addition. Has a better than average malt backbone and mouth feel as well. This is a special beer for anyone who enjoys Kriek but on the drier more tart side...and definitely for those who like a bigger body Fem Red. Can't recommend enough.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Brown in the glass, two finger off white head that lingers and tries to give some laving.

S-Mild cherries, brown ale base is there, some oak and leather.

T-Starts with mild cherries and tartness. Bourbon. More oak than bourbon. Leathery.

M- Medium to heavier, nice carbonation.

O-The cherries add a nice layer to an already yummy beer.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark red color. Nice cherry flavor. A little sweet to go with the sour of the straight oude tart(with is a great beer on its own)! A little red wine vinegar tang in the background. Aroma is excellent. Complex with red fruits, some sweet, some sour.

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Photo of Raj
3.66/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2013. pour dark reddish brown, murky, some sticky light brown head. smell vinous red wine bordering on vinegar. taste tart cherry, red wine vinegar, oaky, tannins, leather. sour and sweet with candi sugar mixed in with tart fruit, sticky mouthfeel, some carbonation. hard to get through an 8 ounce pour. wanted more fruit, less vinegar, wondering if this would be better fresh.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle from a great BA in ThickNStout. Regular Oude Tart is a fantastic American sour, so I was excited to see how the addition of sour cherries changed it. Enjoyed out of a 750 mL brown bottle with a bottling date of 6/27/14 etched on the side of the bottle where the body curves into the neck. Poured into a large Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0) - The body is comprised of a murky, muddy reddish brown hue that belies tints of garnet and burgundy when held up to the light. Atop the body sits a finger and a half of toasted marshmallow colored head that took a fairly hard pour to coax out. It hangs around for a minute or so before dissipating to leave a ringlet of foam around the edge of the glass and a wafting of film along the surface. Not really any lace to speak of.

Smell (4.5) - Aroma is where the regular OT begins to shine, and this one is no different, although the cherries add an element that really kicks it into high gear. There are still plenty of notes of leather (oddly more than I remember from the regular version) and a nice pinch of vinegar-like acidity and oak tannins, but now there is a overtly fruity presence as well that complements the leather and acid with bright notes of cherry and cranberry.

Taste (4.5) - As with the aroma, the sour cherries really boost the flavors on this to another level. Wet leather, pipe tobacco, musty oak tannins and red wine vinegar all meld together with a bright, puckering burst of red fruits, with cherry leading the way. There is some balsamic sweetness on the finish that I didn't notice at first, but it's hard to navigate around the dominant cherry, albeit in a good way.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Body is on the light side of medium, with moderate carbonation that lends a fizzy mouthfeel. The acids provide a pinch on the tastebuds on the sides and back of the mouth, but not a full-on pucker. Finish is predominantly dry, but as mentioned, there is a balancing sweetness to it, so perhaps semi-dry is the best way to describe it.

Overall (4.5), this is a perfect example of how the proper additives can really kick a good beer to great status. Certainly adding sour cherries to a beer with sour characteristics is nothing new, but The Bruery has definitely added their own stamp to the idea.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A -poured a one finger thick dark tan head into a tulip that left a thin ring throughout. The body was a dark brown.
S - light cherry aroma.
T - pucker up! Big tart cherries and oak.
M - medium and coating.
O - I'll still be tasting cherries tomorrow...thanks!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.02/5  rDev -7.8%

A - Geeze that is a beautiful looking color: deep mahogany cranberry. Thin halo of light khaki head has low retention and virtually no lace.

S - Whoa. Teeth-tingly sour. Bright, sharp, and powerful cranberry cocktail and black cherry jello, nutmeg, and a hint of dry anise.

T - Whoa, one of the sourest beers I have ever had. This is definitely a sip-and-brace-for-impact beer (although it numbs your palate relatively quickly). Black cherry jello concentrate, tart cranberry sauce, wet oak, lemon, and apple cider vinegar.

M - Hard to get a grip on mouthfeel while your face is imploding, but the bere is slightly slick with a light frame.

O - The overpowering acidity lacks the balance that could have come from brighter carbonation, a thicker body, or a deeper flavor profile.

4.02 Oude Tart with Sour Cherries
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Ath- -Vin- -Pt- -Grg- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.50 4.50 4.40 4.75 4.65 4.50 4.55 10% 0.46
S - 4.80 4.00 4.65 3.75 4.69 4.80 4.45 20% 0.89
T - 4.25 3.60 4.30 3.00 4.00 4.25 3.90 40% 1.56
M - 4.00 3.75 3.60 3.00 3.75 4.00 3.68 10% 0.37
O - 4.00 3.00 4.00 3.25 4.00 4.25 3.75 20% 0.75

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Photo of pkalix
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%

wow! very nice.... certainly a 'must' if you like the 'wilds' or 'sours' or 'flanders'.... I really enjoyed this... tart and cherries, as advertised, of course.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a deep murky mahogany brown color. Some decent tan colored froth and lacing.

(S)- Huge aromas of tart cherries and slightly funky oak. Very cherry pie-like, only with the deep funk.

(T)- Again, very cherry pie-like. Big jammy cherries meets the funky oak. Great sour acidity.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. The cherries really bring on extra dimension to the base with that extra jammy sweetness.

(O)- I am already a big fan of the base beer, but the addition of cherries really adds an extra layer of complexity and dimension making this something really special.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Dark brown with reddish hues. head quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing at all

Smell - I am getting ready to pucker up as this one just smells tart. Oak and fruit in the end of this beer after the funk leaves

Taste - Goes hand in hand with the smell as this one is quicker a pucker you lips kind of beer. As it warms up the cherries come out a bit more. I get a little oaky flavor as well.

Mouthfeel - Not overly carbonated, but very smooth as it leaves your mouth

Overall - Really glad I got this one in a trade. Wow was it a great flemish

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Photo of JulioH
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Because of rarity, I would settle for a regular Oude Tart.

Pours a nice reddish dark beer. Little foam is formed. Aroma is of sour beer, bretts, and a hint of cherries. Taste is almost identical to the regular Oude Tart. I wasn't able to taste the cherries at all. If it comes around I'll give it a try again.

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